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'Dark Girls' Heading To OWN In June + Check Out New Poster Art

by Tambay A. Obenson
May 1, 2013 10:43 AM
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Based on the above tweet posted last night by One Village Entertainment, it looks like Bill Duke's documentary, Dark Girls (which we've been following since mid-2011) is heading to Oprah Winfrey's OWN network (the other black TV network) this June

It's been traveling the film festival circuit since its TIFF debut in the fall of 2011, and, at one time, seemed like it would get a theatrical release, but that never happened.

So if you didn't see it while it toured the festival circuit, you'll get your chance to do so in a couple of months it appears.

It was a year ago when Bull Duke announced that he was developing 2 feature documentary follow-ups to Dark Girls, after a screening of that film at the Pan African Film Festival in 2012, which I attended.

Sharing with the audience during a Q&A after the screening, Duke said that the two follow-up films would include: Yellow Brick Road, which will look at the *colorism* issue from the fairer-skinned black woman's point of view (Dark Girls was from the darker-skinned black woman's POV); and the other would be titled What Is A Man, which will explore what masculinity and manhood is, from the beginning of humanity to the present.

He's been filming What Is A Man with the assistance of New York Film Academy students in Los Angeles, this year, adding that the film will explore what it means to be a man, physically, biologically, and sociologically. As of our last report in February, students had already begun shooting interviews with men all over the world, from countries in Europe, to Asia, and America, with more to come, including interviews with comedians, religious figures, and celebrities.

No word yet on when we can expect What Is A Man, but I'd assume in the next 12 months. And also no word on what was to be part 2 of this trilogy, Yellow Brick Road.

But Dark Girls is coming to OWN in June.

Here's the poster art that came with the above tweet:

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  • ALM | May 2, 2013 8:11 PMReply

    Looking forward to this! I hope the one on manhood is in multiple parts, as I don't believe that physical, biological and sociological aspects of manhood can be explored in just two or three hours.

  • sheila walcott | May 1, 2013 10:34 PMReply

    wish the documentary was actually worthy of the subject matter. saw this and it left me wanting a deeper exploration into such a complicated issue.

  • Eugene Jamison | May 1, 2013 12:56 PMReply

    Why is there no mention of D. Chansin Berry the Director and Producer of Dark Girls. I went to the screening in Chicago at the DuSable Museam. They had a Q and A session afterwards with both Producers and it was an awesome experience. You should pay homage to both these black film makers.

  • sagevalentine | May 1, 2013 11:19 AMReply

    Good. I really wanted to see this documentary.

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